Arsenio Hall’s Return to Late Night Scores Big Ratings
Can one of TV's most underrated talk show hosts really stage a comeback after twenty years?
September 13, 2013 - 3:00 pm
I’m a genetically programmed contrarian, right down to my pop culture tastes (as regular readers know).
As I’ve written here before, my preference for the
“corny, uncool butt-kisser” unabashedly enthusiastic Arsenio Hall over slimy late-night lounge lizard David Letterman marked me as a Gen-X pariah for a very long time.
Sure, Hall probably helped Bill Clinton win the White House, after letting the candidate “play” the sax on his show.
But I admired Hall’s insistence on carrying on with his Los Angeles-based show during the Rodney King riots, and trying to be a peacemaker; it’s a night people still talk about.
Then there was the time obnoxious “Queer Nation” activists tried to hijack his program and he literally got up in their faces, unscripted.
It’s an amazingly timely clip that more of today’s cowardly, politically correct comedians should study closely: